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Polonnaruwa Tour - Sri Lanka Heritage

Duration: Half Day

Polonnaruwa Tour - Sri Lanka Heritage

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. In this tour you will visit some of the most remarkable place of this ancient city: Parakramabahu statue, a 4 metres tall and it's supposed to be the statue of King Parakramabahu. And what is the object the king is holding in his hand? Theories are many: a book, a royal stick, a papaya. Somehow I like the papaya's idea best. Potgul Vihara, an strange construction, surrounded by 4 dagobas (stupas). Somewhere I think I read it was placed in a part of the Royal garden. Anyway, back to the construction: walls are thick, and inside there was room to store things. One of the theories is that it was either a library or else a wherehouse where royal books were stored. Gal Vihara, a group of 4 buddha images located in a place called the Cave of the Spirits of Knowledge. Each image is carved into a large free-standing piece of granite: there's a 7 metres tallimage of a standing buddha, a 14 metres long recling buddha, and two smaller ones in two niches. The standing buddha is supposed to be the best carved of all - and obviously I was taking in most by th recling buddha. A total lack of taste - or maybe it was due to the fact that the standing buddha was surrounded by scaffolding, as it was being restored.

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